Sportsmen Discuss Conservation Priorities with Senator Stabenow

MUCC and Frankenmuth Conservation Club hosted Senator Stabenow, NRCS Chief White

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, September 2, 2011

Contact: Kent Wood – (231) 883-4374

FRANKENMUTH, MICH — Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and its affiliate, Frankenmuth Conservation Club hosted a discussion on Thursday featuring U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief David White to give sportsmen and women a chance to have their questions answered and concerns addressed regarding various federal natural resources policies.

Mike Piper, President of Frankenmuth Conservation Club said, “We’re pleased to welcome both Senator Stabenow and Chief White to the Saginaw Bay Region, and happy to share this unique opportunity with other MUCC members.”

Senator Stabenow and Chief White spoke about the important role that programs in the federal Farm Bill play in the conservation of our natural resources and in the protection of our Great Lakes. As Chair of the U.S Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Senator Stabenow has already begun discussing the development of the next Farm Bill, which provides millions of dollars annually to aid in the creation and enhancement of wildlife habitat and the protection of our nation’s waterways through their technical and financial assistance programs for farmers and landowners, such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and others.

“The Farm Bill is one of the largest sources of private land habitat conservation dollars that comes to Michigan,” said MUCC Executive Director Erin McDonough. “Its programs provide solutions that allow for our state’s important agricultural and forestry industries to thrive in the same space as healthy and abundant wildlife habitat, proving once again that conservation is the place where a healthy economy and a healthy environment meet.

We appreciate the role Senator Stabenow is playing to ensure these programs continue to conserve and protect Michigan’s natural resources for the next generation of sportsmen and women to come.”

In addition to the Farm Bill, Senator Stabenow also talked with the audience about her work in securing funding for cormorant control and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as well as the ongoing battle for both short and long term solutions to the threat of Asian Carp.

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Michigan United Conservation Clubs is largest statewide conservation organization in the nation. Through over 42,000 members and 250 affiliated clubs, MUCC works to accomplish its mission of Uniting Citizens to Conserve and Enhance Michigan’s Natural Resources and Protect OUR Outdoor Heritage.

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